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Bolton, Sarah Knowles, 1841-1916. Papers of Sarah Knowles Bolton, 1881-1944: A Finding Aid

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University


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Descriptive Summary

Location: Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Call No.: A-11
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Sarah Knowles Bolton, 1841-1916
Title: Papers of Sarah Knowles Bolton, 1881-1944
Date(s): 1881-1944
Quantity: .63 linear feet (1+1/2 boxes)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Diaries and autobiography of Sarah Knowles Bolton, author and editor.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: 54-72
The papers of Sarah Knowles Bolton were deposited with the Schlesinger Library in 1954 by Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Processing Information:

Reprocessed: May 1978
By: Eva Moseley

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Sarah Knowles Bolton as well as copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.

Preferred Citation:

Sarah Knowles Bolton Papers, 1881-1944; item description, dates. A-11, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.


Sarah Elizabeth Mary Knowles was born in Farmington, Connecticut on September 15, 1841, daughter of John Segar and Mary Elizabeth (Miller) Knowles. She married Charles Edward Bolton in 1866. They lived in Cleveland, Ohio and, for a time, in Boston; traveled in Europe; and had one son, Charles Knowles Bolton (1867-1950), who edited some of the papers in this collection and was librarian of the Boston Athenaeum from 1898 to 1933.
Sarah Knowles Bolton was an author and editor and active in temperance work and on behalf of humane treatment of animals. For a list of her books see Who Was Who, Vol. I.


Diaries and autobiography including selections from her autobiography and journal that were edited by her son, Charles Bolton (1867-1950). Diary topics include travel, education of women, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and the Woman's Christian Temperance Union.


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Additional Index Terms

Animal welfare
Cleveland (Ohio)
Connecticut--Social life and customs
Europe--Description and travel
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Bates, Charlotte Fiske, 1838-1916
Bolton, Charles Knowles, 1867-1950
Cable, George Washington, 1844-1925
Carman, Bliss, 1861-1929
Moulton, Louise Chandler, 1835-1908
Woman's Christian Temperance Union